I am fairly new to the world of building computers and I am in the market for a new system. There is so many configurations and parts that it is hard to pick stuff out. I need some help setting up a good system.
Approximate Purchase Date: This Year, able to wait longer.
Budget Range: $1300 Max
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Microsoft Office, surfing the web
Parts Not Required: Monitor, OS, Keyboard, Mouse.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com or TigerDirect.com
Country: United States
Parts Preferences: Intel and Nvidia Combo if possible. Im looking at the I7 2600k
SLI or Crossfire: Would like to buy 1 card then put another in later.
Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1200
Additional Comments: My first system build, i have modified a couple of prebuilt systems before. Would like to get best bang for buck, nothing I don't need. would like to have neat cable management. I might wait for newer parts to come out so I will be as future proof as possible.
For future SLI, the power supply really depends on which video card you get. For the aforementioned 6850 card, a good 650 watt bronze certified PSU from Antec, Corsair, Silverstone, or Seasonic would do. For the higher end cards, 1000w would not be out of reason. The good news is the newer PSU's are very efficient at low, medium, and high levels. If budget is a concern, you could drop down to the plain 80 plus certified level, but stick to the good brands I mentioned.